23 October 2006

Update: Everyday Resistance

I received this 2000 Peso note from a taxi driver a few days ago. It says "Quick Death to Paramilitaries in Barranquilla." I'm really interested in everyday acts of political protest, so I loved finding this in my wallet. Unfortunately, I'm stopping the protest here, because I'll probably bring this note home as a souvenir.

I feel like I should clarify something here: I'm interested in the message scribbled on this money because I'm always intrigued by what folks say when given the opportunity to articulate political viewpoints in the public sphere. Although I adamantly oppose the systemic violence of the paramilitaries here in Colombia, I do not, in fact, wish them all a quick death. In the comments section, Sarah suggests that I re-insert the bill into circulation, but I'm choosing to add my own voice to the public discourse:


Anonymous sarah c.b. said...

wow...so cool. don't take it home, pass it on!

Friday, October 27, 2006 3:34:00 PM  
Anonymous amberlita said...


que buenisimo. seria un recuerdo impresionante! guardalo!


Sunday, October 29, 2006 1:23:00 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

thanks for sharing your experiences en la costa with us. it's a side of barranquilla that i was sheltered from in my time living and working there, one that many people, at least those i was around, don't want admit is there. i'll be looking forward to reading more. i met some very wonderful people through the presbyterian church there!

Sunday, October 29, 2006 8:46:00 PM  

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